Welcome to 2015

Welcome to 2015

It seems to me that many parts of the world are coming out of the recession and I know many Vectorworks users are getting busy. If you are getting busy, you need to maximise your productivity in all areas of your business – not just Vectorworks.
I can help you to improve productivity with Vectorworks. The monthly manuals, monthly meetings, and large number of movies will really help to improve your productivity in Vectorworks.

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Should I Learn SketchUp?

image038I teach a lot of people. So I hear a lot of comments, concerns and questions. A common question is about SketchUp. Should a Vectorworks user learn this? I admit that SketchUp looks very seductive, but you can model everything you need in Vectorworks, so why bother?

This is a simple design that you could probably generate after going through chapter 2 of my Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual. All it uses are simple extrusions, but it does not convey the feeling of the outdoor space.
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Continuing Education (CPD) for Your Vectorworks Training

Many professional organisations require you to carry on Continuing Education, or Continuing Professional Development, to maintain your skill level. Clients often ask if the Vectorworks training they do through this website or through face-to-face training can be used for these Continuing Education (CPD) credits. The short answer is yes. Continue reading

Book Review – Freakononics

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

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Should you Upgrade to OS X.9 Mavericks

Last week Apple announced the new version of its operating system, called Mavericks. The temptation is to install it right away, it looks so cool and it has so many new features. But take care. I have been seeing reports from Vectorworks users that they are having trouble running Vectorworks 2011. To me, this is not a surprise. I still have one Mac in my office running Lion (10.7) because my software for manual writing will not work with later versions of the Mac operating system. I could upgrade my InDesign, but the last upgrade was only a couple of years ago and current version does all I want.

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I’ve Just Sold My Android Tablet

I have finally sold my android tablet. I quite enjoyed using it, but I did not like it as much as my iPad. I want to get an iPad mini, because the size of the android tablet was the thing that I liked most about it. The one thing that I really didn't like was the gmail ecosystem that I had to use. In the end it really annoyed me, and it would not let me log into some websites with out using my gmail address. While I loved the size, I didn't like the keyboard, I could never get used it. The problem for me was the home button was always near the space bar on the keyboard, meaning that every time I missed the space bar I would end up back at home. I really missed the hardware home button.

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DropBox Update Allows iPhoto Intergration

I use Dropbox a lot and I recently found out that there is an update to Dropbox. After my backing up problem, I’m glad to have an online storage system for my current projects. I also use Dropbox to share files with my clients and colleagues. It is amazing how many applications now have links to Dropbox.

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Finding a Task Manager – Android

I have been looking for a good task manager that I can use on my phone and on my computer. It’s tricky, because I use an iPhone for my phone, but I use and android Nexus 7 for my tablet. If I was using an iPhone and an iPad it would be easier, or if I was using android for the phone and tablet it would be easier too.

 

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2D Drawing is All I Need

I have many clients that tell me that they do not need to work in 3D. They might have a point, they are required to submit drawings as plans and elevations and their clients are not demanding 3D visualisations. I would say that they can get away with 2D, but they will not be able to do this for ever.

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You Have to Get the Basics Right

It is all very well learning how to customise Vectorworks, learning how to create your own Vectorworks tools, and other cool stuff. However, if you do not know the basics very well it is a waste. It seems such a waste to go back over the basics again, but I really feel that learning the basics well makes you faster and more productive.

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Is Other Software Better Than Vectorworks?

I have been reading the Vectorworks tech board recently. Generally this community board is there for users to help each other and mostly it works well for that. There are some visitors to the site that seem to want to complain about Vectorworks. Be careful about believing the opinions on the tech board, sometimes it is like listening to talkback radio, where the opinions have no basis.

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What We Do, What We Read, and How We Read it Affects Your Brain

I have finished reading The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
and I am amazed at how powerful and flexible the human brain is. As you read, or work on something, your brain changes. The more you do something the better you get at it, but I’m sure we all knew that.

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Students Pushing the Boundaries With Vectorworks

I recently attended a presentation by second- year Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design students from EIT’s ideaschool. Eighteen second-year students formed four design competition teams, each of four to five students. Each team was responsible for presenting their own unique vision and solutions for the project. ideaschool is based on the concepts of creativity, collaboration and convergence, which is reinforced by working with real clients in teams.

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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP

There are many computer users that are still using Windows XP, but Microsoft have announced that support for this will end in April 2014. After this, you will not longer get updates or support. Windows XP is old, about 12 years old, but some users still like using it.

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Microsoft Office 365

I have just upgraded my old Microsoft Word to Microsoft Office 365. It was time to upgrade, but it is a program that I use a lot, so it does pay to keep it up to date. Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription service, which means that I will have to pay each year, but it will mean that I have the most up to date Microsoft Office.

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